Crawford's long, late push for TOUR status could become a success this weekend

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Adam Crawford made the weekend at Dye's Valley to keep his TOUR hopes alive.
September 27, 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM Contributor

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – If not for a birdie-birdie finish to his second round in Omaha, Adam Crawford likely wouldn’t have qualified for these Tour Finals.

On Friday, the Aussie pulled himself back from the brink again with a 5-under 65 at the Tour Championship. By Sunday evening, he just might wind up with a PGA TOUR card for next season.

“It’s been sort of a tough last month,” Crawford said, “but I’m glad I’m here.”

Crawford came to Dye’s Valley at No.52 on the priority list, two spots below the cutoff for one of the final 25 PGA TOUR cards available. An opening 71 put his quest in further peril, forcing him to battle just to make the cut.

But a stretch of four birdies in a six-hole span bridging Friday’s turn moved Crawford to the proper side of the cut line. And with bubble men Steve Wheatcroft, Alistair Presnell, Camilo Benedetti and Spencer Levin missing the cut, there are openings ahead.

“Just making the cut, you’ve got a chance,” said Crawford, who moved up 61 spots on the leaderboard. “Around this golf course, it’s easy to shoot 3- or 4-over. But if you get on a roll and you’re hitting fairways, you can make some birdies as well.”

That’s what Crawford needed in Omaha, the Tour’s final Regular Season event before setting its 75-man lineup to move into the Finals. He came to the event at No.71 in earnings, opened with a 70 on a setup made for birdies and barely made the cut despite a Friday 68.

“There’s been some stressful times, for sure,” said Crawford, noting that the final push led him to play 10 weeks in a row -- the last seven Regular Season events, then three in the Finals before last week’s open date.

To ease his mind, Crawford reminded himself that the Australian season begins in a couple of weeks and he’d have the chance to play over there.

“I was telling myself that if things don’t work out, I’ll just go and play there,” Crawford said. “I get to see my friends again and stuff like that, so it kind of took my mind off what’s at stake. [I told myself] it didn’t matter, though it really does.”